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The World Is Not Enough

1999 James Bond Movie starring Pierce Brosnan

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James Bond: "Yes, Yes the world is at stake again, what else is new?"

  • Aug 3, 2009
You know with Connery and Moore, they're third movies were really the charm and were huge hits over their other movies.  Shorty after this one came out, Entertainment Weekly ran an article called KILL BOND NOW!!!  The third time was not the charm for Brosnan as far as I'm concerned.

Bond's mission is pretty mulilayered and holding some depth with the murder of a construction company head who is building an oil pipline across Europe.  Fearing the victim's luxorious daughter may be next on a hit list, Bond travels to meet her and learns of a nuclear attack from the daughters old kidnapper which could hit Turkey and kill millions.

The movie looks beautiful, the sets are immaculate, almost OVERproduced.  Things look a little too glossy and a little too good.  The opening titles with silouette girls among oil sputs looks garish and over the top and even the Scotish castle where MI6 sets up operations doesn't look dirty at all.  Everything just looks a little too good.

I only wish the action scenes among others were worked on.  The movie is BORING in it's predictability of how scenes play out and the gun fights are nothing special.  The extended boat chase at the begining is the best but IT'S THE FIRST SCENE!  What if Diamonds Are Forever had it's car chase as the precredits scene?  It would be a disaster.  WIth the exception of one part, any plot twist is seen a mile away and nothing is new. 

Thats not entirely true.  John Cleese showing up as Q's replacement is brilliant casting to say the least.  That was a surprise.  That and Robbie Coltrane's gangster character from Goldeneye makes a return for effective comic relief.

Piecre Brosnan I never loved or hated as Bond.  While his movies are more "action movies" then the other Bond movies were I thought he did a good job and is as good here as he was in any of the other Bond movies he was in.

The Bond girls are a different matter.  Both Sophie Marceau and Denise Richards are among the best looking in any Bond movie.  Sophie Marceau sadly gets a case of "ego" by the end of her movie but any of the Bond movies that can tie the characters into the plot as effectively is okay by me.  Denise Richards gets ragged on so unmercifully for her character, a nuclear scientist who runs around in hot pants.  She can deliver her lines convincingly and isn't a wimp so as far as I'm concerned it's only her name that sucks: Christmas Jones.  And people thought the name "Pussy Galore" is stupid.

The weakest link of sorts is our villian Renard who got cast with an affliction usually meant for the henchmen (unless he is meant as the henchman) in that a failed assassin's bullet is now lodged in his brain and will one day kill him, every day he lives till the day hs dies he loses his senses and feels no pain due to his numbness.  Too bad it wasn't fully exploited and even worse that they didn't make this guy more threatening.

This really should have been better and I know that some people rate it higher but I don't know if even Octopussy had a more "been there done that" feeling then this movie did.  People new to Bond movies will find more to like then I did.  I liked the two girls, John Cleese and Robbie Coltrane and a joke Bond plays on Moneypenny when he comes back from a mission and she asks what he brought her, he gives her a cigar tube, go ahead, make your own Bill Clinton joke.
Elektra screws Bond with a medieval torture chair Bond interogates an informant who knows of Renard Qs best replacement possible, John Cleese as R Bond with Christmas Jones and yes that is her name The lovely Sophie Marceau as Elektra King Bond meets an old friend

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The World Is Not Enough (1999) is the nineteenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the third to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The film was directed by Michael Apted, with the original story and screenplay written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Bruce Feirstein. It was produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

The title The World Is Not Enough traces its origins to the English translation of the Latin phrase Orbis non sufficit, revealed in the novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service and its film adaptation to be the Bond family motto. The film's plot revolves around the assassination of Sir Robert King by Renard and Bond's subsequent assignment to protect King's daughter, Elektra, who had previously been held captive by Renard. During his assignment, Bond unravels a scheme to increase petroleum prices by triggering a nuclear meltdown in the waters of Istanbul.

Despite the film's mixed critical reception, it earned over $361 million worldwide.

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